Tuesday 17 February 2009

Frozen Fruity Fun with Icy Poles

During the hot weather we had over the last few weeks, I had a yen to make icy poles (popsicles to Americans and iced lollies to Brits). It took me a while to find some moulds but finally I asked in a local homewares shop and found I had walked straight past the display at the entrance.

I hardly have icy poles these days but the hot weather has made me think they would be welome. We used to have them more when I was young. My mum made them sometimes but I remember them more when we were at the pool on hot summer days and kids would have brightly coloured rings around their mouth from the dye in the commercial icy poles. Those were the days when we didn’t worry about too much sugar and artificial colouring!

On the same day that I bought my new moulds I found some cheap fruit in a local greengrocers. I got 3 punnets of strawberries, 7 passionfruit and half a pineapple for $5.50. What a bargain! It wasn’t the freshest of fruit but kept a few days in the fridge and the strawberries were small, sweet ones unlike some of those tasteless, large ones they sell in the supermarket.

I had my eyes on an icy pole recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly Vegetarian Cooking. It said it made 12 icy poles but it barely made 6 for me. I presume the moulds are much bigger than they used to be. I would have topped mine up a little but wasn’t sure how much room I needed for the mixture to expand in the freezer. These are nice and healthy snacks that I have been enjoying even though it is not unbearably hot at the moment.

The rest of the fruit went into a fruit salad and a smoothie. The fruit salad is similar to this one. I have listed my ingredients used in the smoothie below because I have enjoyed it so much, although I didn’t think to take a photo. It was delicious but be warned it is quite seedy and tart if you are not into that sort of thing.

Actually, it has occurred to me that a smoothie in my icy pole moulds might make a good frozen treat. My mum says she used to put cordial in the icy poles she made for us as kids. Enthused by my first attempt at icy poles, I have been interested in some of the interesting ideas around the web. If you don’t have your own moulds then La Tartine Gourmande suggests freezing the liquid in shot glasses with icy pole sticks in them or Ice Cream Ireland suggests freezing a banana with an icy pole stick in a in it (dipping in chocolate is optional but sounds delicious).

Some suggested icy poles which I would like to try are:
- Frozen juice pops – Ice Cream Ireland
- Chocolate dipped white chocolate berry popsicles – Davvid Lebovitz
- Banana and coconut frozen yoghurt – Wandering Chopsticks
- Traffic lights (layers of strawberry, peach and kiwi fruit) – Channel 10’s 9am Recipes
- Strawberry yoghurt popsicles - The Kitchen
- Bramble sorbet icicles – Coffee and Vanilla

I am sending my icy poles to one of my favourite blog events, Heart of the Matter which is hosted by Michelle of The Accidental Scientist this month. The event is two years old and theme is finger food. I am never quite sure exactly what finger food is – I think it is snacks that can be eaten casually and often in company. And these icy poles definitely are the sort of heart-healthy food that this event encourages.

I was pleased to offer one of these to my mum during her visit yesterday (after all she has made a few of these for me in her time) but they would also make great party food. The box which my moulds came in shows that if you are entertaining, you can get a bucket of ice and plunge the icy poles into the ice! (On a practical note, you might also need a container of hot water to dunk the icy poles in to remove from the moulds.) Like all good finger food, these can be a little messy but fun!

Strawberry and Passionfruit Icy Poles
(adapted from AWW Vegetarian Cooking)
makes 6 icy poles

250g punnet of strawberries, trimmed and sliced
Pulp of 4 passionfruit
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (½ an orange)
¼ cup freshly squeezed pineapple juice (one sixth of a pineapple)*
* I don’t have a fancy juicer but just pressed my wooden citrus juicing stick into a chunk of pineapple above a mixing bowl.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and spoon into icy pole moulds. Set in freezer overnight. To remove from mould, run under hot water. Serve frozen.

Strawberry, Kiwi and Orange smoothie
Serves 2

1 punnet strawberries, trimmed
1 orange, juice
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp plain yoghurt
1 tsp honey

Blend and drink

On the stereo:
All pigs must die: Death in June


  1. Marvelous HOM finger foods for a pool party ;0) grand!
    Love the name Icy Poles too!

  2. Johanna, those icy poles look fantastic! The passionfruit seeds are the master touch. :)

  3. What I wouldn't give to have warm weather and tangy, fruit-filled popsicles! The smoothie looks like a nice treat, too :)

  4. Good idea! I bet an ice lolly is really welcome around your way at the moment.

    Smoothie ice lollies really appeal to me as I used to love those milk lollies when I was a kid

  5. Those chunky icy poles look fabulous! I'm particularly impressed with your pineapple-juicing approach. :-)

  6. I like the idea of a smoothie icy pole, I have the old fashioned icy pole maker (not even sure where they came from)and I just put choc milk in them for an after dinner treat sometimes. But I am sure the smoothies would be healthier.

    For another frozen treat, I like freezing mango in chunks and seedless grapes, just love it on a hot day!!

  7. Those look lovely will have to try them when the weather gets a little better. It is also a good way of making sure we have our portion of fruits for the day ;)

  8. Mmmm they look great! I have some icy pole moulds in the pantry I should dig out! And they're so pretty too!

  9. Thanks Tanna - yes, a pool party would be great for these

    Thanks Claire - I love passionfruit, although it does have a way of getting between the teeth :-)

    Thanks Chris - yes warm weather and icy poles are great - I now just need a bigger freezer!

    Thanks Sophie - these are just the sort of snacks I need in hot weather

    Thanks Cindy - I was happy the makeshift pineapple juicing worked - I didn't have enough orange juice but quite liked the pineapple juice inclusion

    Thanks Catherine - am already planning to make more of these - probably with juice or smoothies - and did wonder about freezing some grapes for more hot weather snacks

    Thanks Kiran - it does make eating more fruit feel effortless in this weather!

    Thanks Vegetation - I am sure you will enjoy using your moulds - and it is a good way to preserve some fruit while we have this fickle weather :-)

  10. I've never seen icy poles (or popsicles, for that matter!) with actual bits of fruit in them--makes them look so pretty. And I bet they did the trick on a hot day!

  11. These look beautiful and I love that they are made from only juice and fruit! A great idea, and one I'm definitely keeping for when it gets a bit warmer here...in fact, I think I'll have to break these out for our first pool party this spring! Thanks so much for being a part of HotM!

  12. Oooh look at that fruity goodness! They look really refreshingly good. The weather here has started to climb so I might need to get myself some icy pole containers.

  13. Thanks Ricki - the fruit does look pretty, doesn't it!

    Thanks Michelle - I enjoy these as much as any icy pole I buy but they do feel so much healthier - hope you enjoy them once your weather warms up

    Thanks Lorraine - you wont regret buying icy pole moulds if your weather is warming up!

  14. Well, thankfully I am into seedy, tart things (he he) and these sound amazing. Perfect way to use up the cheap bounty on offer.

    Ah, the heat...I'm told it's coming back next week. Not fair! Still, these will be made, I can assure you. Lovely, darls. Stay cool...

  15. Thanks Lucy - yes sounds like more heat en route - have already made more of these with smoothies but don't know they will last long!

  16. Sounds really good... passion fruits and strawberries are one of my favourite fruits :) What a great idea!


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